American Crystal Sugar workers indicate possible contract vote

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Locked-out workers with American Crystal Sugar may soon vote again on a labor contract, the InForum of Fargo-Moorhead reported.

The union workers have been locked out since August 2011. More than 1,300 workers from plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa have been affected by the lockout.

Word of the possible vote came from an American Crystal Sugar website devoted to contract negotiations.

The website said members from the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union (BCTWG) and management from American Crystal Sugar met Nov. 15, where the BCTWG asked questions about the company's final offer.

In an open letter on the site, the company said that BCTWG had indicated -- but did not give a formal notification -- that members may vote on the contract Dec. 1.

Union workers launched a national consumer boycott of American Crystal Sugar's products in mid-October.

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